Men's Tennis Battles Gustavus Adolphus but Falls, 5-4, Wednesday Afternoon

Brad Wong won in singles and doubles play for the Jumbos on Wednesday

MEDFORD, MA – With just a short time off the Tufts men's tennis team took the courts again Wednesday afternoon, hosting #18 Gustavus Adolphus at the Voute Courts.  The Jumbos were just edged by the Golden Gusties, 5-4.

The Tufts men jumped out to an early lead, taking two of three doubles matches from the visitors.  Sophomore Rob Jacobson (Winnetka, IL) and freshman Brad Wong (Granite Bay, CA) took on Joey MacGibbon and Juan Luis Chu at #2 doubles and topped the Golden Gusties' duo, 8-4.  At #3 doubles senior Austin Blau (Roslyn, NY) and sophomore Nick Cary (Brookline, MA) topped their Gustavus Adolphus opponents, 8-6.

Unfortunately, the Jumbos were not able to capitalize on their early lead, only managing to take two of the six singles matches.  Wong played at #2 singles and earned a big victory over Mya Smith-Dennis, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.  Junior Brian Tan (Orinda, CA) also earned a win for the Jumbos playing at #3 singles and topping Grant Leisner, 7-6(5), 6-3.  

Both the #1 and #4 singles matches were extremely close, but just didn't fall the Jumbo's way.  At #1 singles Jacobson was just edged by Chu, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1.  Similarly, at #4 singles Blau battled MacGibbon but ended up falling, 7-6(7-5), 7-5. Senior Zach Ladwig (Chelmsford, MA) and freshman Kevin Kelly (Ashburn, VA) rounded out the Jumbos line up at #5 and #6 singles, respectively, but were unable to earn a win.

With the loss the Jumbos move to 4-4 on the spring season.  In the most recent ITA Division III rankings, the men were receiving consideration. The Golden Gusties are now 21-3 on the season, and are traveling out east on their spring break trip where they will also take on NESCAC rivals Amherst and Middlebury among other New England schools.

The Jumbos will be back in action on Saturday as they split their squad to take on both Williams and Hamilton.  Gustavus Adolphus will play at Middlebury on Friday and Amherst on Saturday, before traveling back to Minnesota.